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Dr Witold Bloch

Witold Bloch
Ramsay University Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Witold Bloch is a Ramsay research fellow at the University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences. One of his research focuses involves using metal-organic cages for the development of novel porous nanomaterials. The applications that this research aims to address include gas storage and separation as well as heterogeneous catalysis.

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Dr Witold Bloch

Dr Witold Bloch is a Ramsay research fellow at the University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences. One of his research focuses involves using metal-organic cages for the development of novel porous nanomaterials. The applications that this research aims to address include gas storage and separation as well as heterogeneous catalysis.

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Back cover of ACIE, 2017, 56, 8285Feature article in Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 8506


Date Position Institution name
2017 Ramsay Research Fellow in Applied Science University of Adelaide
2016 - 2017 Humboldt Post-doctoral Research Fellow Technical University of Dortmund
2015 - 2015 Humboldt Post-doctoral Research Fellow University of Goettingen
2014 - 2015 Post-doctoral research associate University of Adelaide
2014 - 2014 Lecturer Level A University of Adelaide
2013 - 2014 Research associate University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2017 Fellowship Ramsay Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia
2015 Fellowship Humboldt Research Fellowship University of Göttingen / Technical University of Dortmund Germany

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
German Can speak and understand spoken
Polish Can read, speak and understand spoken


Date Institution name Country Title
2010 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Chemistry)
2009 University of Adelaide Australia Honours (Chemistry)
2008 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Nanoscience and materials)

Research Interests


Year Citation
2018 Bloch, W., Holstein, J., Dittrich, B., Hiller, W., & Clever, G. (2018). Hierarchical Assembly of an Interlocked M8L16 Container. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 57(19), 5534-5538.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
2017 Huxley, M., Coghlan, C., Bloch, W., Burgun, A., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2017). X-ray crystallographic insights into post-synthetic metalation products in a metal-organic framework. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375(2084), 20160028-1-2016-0028-12.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
2017 Burgun, A., Bloch, W., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2017). Engineering isoreticular 2D metal-organic frameworks with inherent structural flexibility. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 70(5), 566-575.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2017 Bloch, W. M., & Clever, G. H. (2017). Integrative self-sorting of coordination cages based on ‘naked’ metal ions. Chem. Commun., 53(61), 8506-8516.
2017 Bloch, W. M., Holstein, J. J., Hiller, W., & Clever, G. H. (2017). Morphological Control of Heteroleptic cis - and trans -Pd 2 L 2 L′ 2 Cages. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56(28), 8285-8289.
2016 Bloch, W. M., Abe, Y., Holstein, J. J., Wandtke, C. M., Dittrich, B., & Clever, G. H. (2016). Geometric Complementarity in Assembly and Guest Recognition of a Bent Heteroleptic cis -[Pd 2 L 2 L 2 ] Coordination Cage. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(41), 13750-13755.
2016 Linder-Patton, O., Bloch, W., Coghlan, C., Sumida, K., Kitagawa, S., Furukawa, S., . . . Sumby, C. (2016). Particle size effects in the kinetic trapping of a structurally-locked form of a flexible metal-organic framework. CrystEngComm, 18(22), 4172-4179.
DOI Scopus9 WoS9
2015 Bloch, W., Burgun, A., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2015). Probing post-synthetic metallation in metal-organic frameworks: insights from X-ray crystallography. Chemical Communications, 51(25), 5486-5489.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC3
2015 Bloch, W., & Sumby, C. (2015). Probing solid-state breathing and structural transformations in a series of silver(I) porous coordination polymers. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2015(22), 3723-3729.
DOI Scopus4 WoS5
2015 Bloch, W., Champness, N., & Doonan, C. (2015). X-ray crystallography in open-framework materials. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 54(44), 12860-12867.
DOI Scopus25 WoS23 Europe PMC9
2015 Bloch, W., & Sumby, C. (2015). Silver(I) coordination polymers of the ‘hinged’ pyrazine containing ligand di-2-pyrazinylmethane. Supramolecular Chemistry, 27(11-12), 807-819.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
2014 Babarao, R., Coghlan, C., Rankine, D., Bloch, W., Gransbury, G., Sato, H., . . . Doonan, C. (2014). Does functionalisation enhance CO₂ uptake in interpenetrated MOFs? An examination of the IRMOF-9 series. Chemical Communications, 50(24), 3238-3241.
DOI Scopus38 WoS37 Europe PMC8
2014 Bloch, W., Burgun, A., Coghlan, C., Lee, R., Coote, M., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2014). Capturing snapshots of post-synthetic metallation chemistry in metal-organic frameworks. Nature Chemistry, 6(10), 906-912.
DOI Scopus71 WoS70 Europe PMC24
2013 Bloch, W., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2013). Using hinged ligands to target structurally flexible copper(II) MOFs. Crystengcomm, 15(45), 9663-9671.
DOI Scopus18 WoS17
2013 Bloch, W., Babarao, R., Hill, M., Doonan, C., & Sumby, C. (2013). Post-synthetic structural processing in a metal-organic framework material as a mechanism for exceptional CO₂/N₂ selectivity. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(28), 10441-10448.
DOI Scopus112 WoS105 Europe PMC34
2012 Kuan, K., Pepper, H., Bloch, W., & George, J. (2012). Total synthesis of (+)-aureol. Organic Letters, 14(18), 4710-4713.
DOI Scopus20 WoS20 Europe PMC8
2012 Pepper, H., Lam, H., Bloch, W., & George, J. (2012). Biomimetic total synthesis of (±)-garcibracteatone. Organic Letters, 14(19), 5162-5164.
DOI Scopus30 WoS28 Europe PMC3
2012 Bloch, W., & Sumby, C. (2012). Guest-induced crystal-to-crystal expansion and contraction of a 3-D porous coordination polymer. Chemical Communications, 48(19), 2534-2536.
DOI Scopus33 WoS34 Europe PMC6
2011 Bloch, W., Derwent - Smith, S., Issa, F., Morris, J., Rendina, L., & Sumby, C. (2011). Fused pyrazino [2,3-b]indolizine and indolizino[2,3-b]quioxaline derivatives; synthesis, structures and properties. Tetrahedron, 67(48), 9368-9375.
DOI Scopus13 WoS13
Research funding

2015 - 2017 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for post-doctoral researchers

2017 - 2021 Ramsay Research Fellowship 

Project summary: Many pharmaceutical compounds are currently synthesized through multi-step processes that use multiple homogeneous catalysts, resulting in a high level of waste production. My proposal aims to develop novel porous materials for heterogeneous tandem catalysis, eliminating steps in the process and significantly reducing both the cost and waste associated with industrial chemical syntheses.

Semester 2, Synthesis of Materials III (SoM): Supramolecular Chemistry  


Date Role Membership Country
2018 - ongoing Member Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAVHF) Australia
2017 - ongoing Member MRACI CChem Australia
2017 - ongoing Member Royal Society of Chemistry Australia
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